Ever heard of email scammers, and how people end up exploited by them. You may get an email message from your credit card service provider to send in your credit card details along with your pin. Even though the email message looks quite legit, it may be still a scam. This is because of the fact that your credit card company doesn’t ask for such information, the maximum details they will ever ask is your name and account number, only if you are having some kind of problem with their services, just for verification.
There is also a major aspect about email services and their protocols that gives these email scammers an upper hand, or a way to fool people. The thing is that email protocols don’t verify email address. That is the email scammer can use any email address say “firstname.lastname@example.org” to send you a mail. For these sole reason scammers, phishers and other malicious individuals exploit email systems.
For understanding the basic logic behind how these scammers, phishers, and malicious individuals exploit the email system. You should know how the email system works and how can you tell that a suspicious mail is authenticate or a forgery.
How the Email system works and how scammers and phishers exploit them
Your email service displays who sent you the email in the “From” field. However it doesn’t verify that the mail is actually sent from that “From” address. Each email service uses a form address to tell you that who has sent you this mail, but since it doesn’t verify it, email scammers and phishers uses it for sending you appealing emails like enter you credit details because you won a million dollar.
How to verify that any suspicious email is not a scam
Whenever you see a suspicious email. You can always check where the email has been sent from and its IP address including any personal information related to the senders IP address.
In YahooMail: Click on the email to view it. Now you’ll see a gear icon called as More Options.
Click on it and you’ll see the option View Full Header. Click on View Full Header to get a set of garbage code from which you can check and verify the authenticity of the email. This is not an easy way for most of the internet user.
So you select all and copy that full header code and go to IPTrackerOnline. Paste the code in the Email Header Analysis and click on Submit header analysis.
All the details that can be extracted from the IP address of the sender will be provided as shown in the image. You can even view the geo location of the sender.
In Gmail: In Gmail view the mail and click on the down arrow in the right corner. A drop down list will open choose show original to view the full header code. Select all the code and copy it. Paste it on IPTrackerOnline and do as mentioned for yahoo.
Closing Words: Nowadays email services are trying to make their email protocols a little bit more secure, but there are a lot of paid anonymous email services which are way ahead of them. So all we can do is be smart and cautious.